Transportation equipment painters: Salary, career path, job outlook, education and more

Transportation equipment painters are the best known group of painting and coating workers. They paint various types of transportation equipment, including cars, aircraft, and boats.

Education Required
Painting and coating workers usually must have a high school diploma or equivalent. However, some employers hire workers who lack a high school diploma.
Training Required
Although some worker training may last only a few days, most entry-level workers receive on-the-job training that may last from 1 month to several months.
Job Outlook
The projected percent change in employment from 2016 to 2026: 3% (Slower than average)
(The average growth rate for all occupations is 7 percent.)
Median pay: How much do Painting and Coating Workers make?
$35,300 Annual Salary
$16.97 per hour

Careers for Painting and Coating Workers

  • Aircraft painters
  • Auto body painters
  • Auto painters
  • Automobile body painters
  • Automobile refinishers
  • Automotive paint technicians
  • Automotive painters
  • Automotive refinish technicians
  • Automotive spray painters
  • Boat painters
  • Ceramic painters
  • China decorators
  • Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders
  • Dippers
  • Electrostatic paint operators
  • Glass decorators
  • Lacquer spray booth operators
  • Lacquerers
  • Paint line operators
  • Painting and coating workers, except construction and maintenance
  • Painting, coating, and decorating workers
  • Railroad car painter
  • Sign painters
  • Spraying machine operators
  • Tactical vehicle painters
  • Vehicle painters

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